La Bohème (1916 film)

La Bohème (aka: La vie de Bohème) is a 1916 American silent historical film directed by Albert Capellani and distributed by World Pictures. The star of this version is Alice Brady, whose father William A. Brady was the founder of World Pictures. This film is one of many silent versions, actually the third or fourth. Later silent versions appeared in 1917 and 1926 starring Lillian Gish. Director Albert Capellani's brother, Paul Capellani, who appears in this film, had made his own short version in 1912.[1][2]

La Bohème
(La vie de Bohème -France)
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Directed byAlbert Capellani
Produced byWilliam A. Brady
Written byFrances Marion (scenario)
Based onScènes de la vie de bohème
by Henri Murger
StarringAlice Brady
Paul Capellani
CinematographyLucien Andriot
Distributed byWorld-Selznick
Release date
  • June 19, 1916 (1916-06-19)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)



  • Juliette Clarens


A print of La Bohème survives at George Eastman House Motion Picture Collection.[3] This film only survived because MGM purchased it for rights purposes to remake the story with Lillian Gish in 1926.[4]


  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 published by The American Film Institute, c.1988
  2. ^ Pictorial History of the Silent Screen by Daniel Blum, c. 1953, p. 112
  3. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: La Bohème
  4. ^ by David Pierce writing in The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929 (September 2013), p. 40

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